Tina Fey, Usher, Whoopi Goldberg, Kristen Chenoweth Chosen as Peanuts Characters Look-A-Like As Peanuts Announces 60th Anniversary Look-A-Like Contest

Peanuts Gang (Copyright: Charles Schulz)

Peanuts Gang (Copyright: Charles Schulz)

Peanuts, who introduced pop culture icons, Charlie Brown and Snoopy, announced the launch of its first-ever PEANUTS 60th Anniversary Photo Look-A-Like Contest, which will benefit Boys & Girls Clubs of America (www.bgca.org).

Peanuts fans of all ages are invited to submit photos of themselves or their children looking like one of these Peanuts characters: Charlie Brown, Snoopy, Lucy, Linus, Sally, Schroeder, Franklin, Peppermint Patty, Marcie or Pigpen, or one of Snoopy’s classic alter-egos, Joe Cool or the World War I Flying Ace. Submissions will be accepted through November 3.

Finalists, selected by a panel of celebrity judges, will be posted on November 11. The public will then be able to vote for their favorite finalist through November 30. The winners will be announced in December.

The celebrity judges include Jill Schulz, daughter of Peanuts creator Charles M. Schulz; country music legends Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood; “Supernanny” Jo Frost; “America’s Next Top Model” judge and fashion photographer Nigel Barker; and Victoria Recaño, co-anchor of KTLA 5 News at 6 and KTLA 5 News at 10.

“Throughout the years, the Peanuts gang has given people a sense of belonging—we can all identify with one or more of the characters and their life lessons,” says Jill Schulz. “This contest gives participants a chance to express their ‘inner Snoopy,’ so to speak, and I’m really looking forward to reviewing all the pictures and stories from our Peanuts fans around the country.”

The grand-prize winner will receive an all-expenses-paid family adventure for four to Cedar Point amusement park in Sandusky, Ohio (home to Planet Snoopy). Other prizes include a collection of Warner Home Video PEANUTS DVDs and a Peanuts holiday tree and ornament collection from Hallmark Gold Crown.

The Stars Come Out for Peanuts

Offering inspiration to contest entrants (including caption and costume ideas)—and amusement to everyone who visits the contest website—a Celebrity Look-A-Like Gallery features film, television, music and sports stars who have an uncanny similarity to a Peanuts character…whether in looks, talent or attitude! The famous Look-a-Likes were chosen by the Peanuts team for their “resemblance” to a particular character, and all the stars were delighted to participate.

“I wasn’t entirely by surprised when I learned that the Peanuts team had selected me as their Charlie Brown look-alike, since the comparison had been made several times before,” says Simon Pegg, (“Star Trek,” “Shaun of the Dead”). “I even have a Charlie Brown yellow t-shirt with black zig zags, bought for me by a friend who was of the same opinion. Now I guess it’s official. Word had come from the very top and who am I to argue. I look like Charlie Brown. Good Grief.”

The Celebrity Look-a-Likes are:

Charlie Brown, the underdog in the zig-zag shirt who never gives up:

"Charlie Brown" Look-A-Like, Simon Pegg

"Charlie Brown" Look-A-Like, Simon Pegg

  • Simon Pegg (“Star Trek,” “Shaun of the Dead”)—chosen for his delightful comic befuddlement.

Snoopy, the imaginative beagle who ponders life from the top of his doghouse:

  • Will Ferrell (“Land of the Lost,” “Blades of Glory”)—chosen for his Snoopy-like mastery of disguise…and his ability to make millions laugh.

Lucy, who dispenses advice from her 5-cent psychiatrist’s booth:

  • Debi Mazar (“Dancing with the Stars,” “Entourage”)—chosen for her outspoken, opinionated charm.

Linus, the blanketclutching philosopher who believes firmly in the Great Pumpkin:

  • Michael Cera (“Paper Hearts,” “Juno”)—chosen for his sweetly innocent philosophical humor.

Sally, Charlie Brown’s little sister, who’s (nearly) right about everything:

  • Kristin Chenoweth (Tony winner for playing Sally in “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown” on Broadway; Emmy winner for “Pushing Daisies”)—chosen for her Sally-like perkability and adorable self-confidence.

Peppermint Patty, who never met a school day she didn’t hate:

  • Shawn Johnson (gold medal-winning Olympic gymnast; winner of last season’s “Dancing with the Stars”)—chosen for her fun and funny attitude, and her fearlessness on the field of play.

Marcie, Peppermint Patty’s loyal sidekick, who’s smarter than Patty realizes:

  • Tina Fey (Emmy-winning star and creator of “30 Rock”)—chosen for her smarts, her humor, and her great look in glasses.

Pigpen, who travels with his own cloud of dust:

  • Mike Rowe (“Dirty Jobs”)—chosen for being completely at ease while surrounded by dirt.

Schroeder, the mini musical genius who is rarely separated from his piano:

  • Harry Connick Jr. (Grammy-winning artist, Emmy-winning and Tony-nominated actor)—chosen for being a heartthrob at the keyboard.

Franklin, perhaps the only one who never has an unkind word about Charlie Brown:

  • Usher (Grammy-nominated artist)—chosen for his gentlemanly ways.

World War I Flying Ace, Snoopy’s dashing aviator persona:

  • Chesley Sullenberger III (heroic captain of US Airways flight 1549, which landed safely in New York’s Hudson River)—chosen for his high-flying style.

Joe Cool, Snoopy’s sunglasses-wearing ultra suave alter ego:

  • Seth Green (actor and creator of the super-cool “Robot Chicken” series)—chosen for representing a new form of 21st-century cool.

Woodstock, Snoopy’s trusty yellow-feathered friend.

  • Whoopi Goldberg (Oscar winner for “Ghost,” co-host of “The View”)—chosen for her distinctive hairstyle, flashing dark eyes…and chirpy personality?

Peanuts60Submissions will be accepted through November 3.

Finalists, selected by a panel of celebrity judges, will be posted on November 11. The public will then be able to vote for their favorite finalist through November 30. The winners will be announced in December. To enter the contest and for more information, visit: (www.peanutsphotocontest.com)

The Peanuts cartoon classic, “It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown” airs on Wednesday, October 28th at 8pm/7pm central on ABC.

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Actor, dancer and singer Patrick Swayze passes away at 57

Patrick Swayze's Star on The Hollywood Walk Of Fame. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

Patrick Swayze's Star on The Hollywood Walk Of Fame. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

The LA Music Examiner is reporting that actor Patrick Swayze lost his battle today from pancreatic cancer. He was diagnosed with the disease in January 2008. Swayze is best known for his work in the 1987 film “Dirty Dancing” and the 1990 film “Ghost” which earned his co star Whoopi Goldgerg an Oscar. Goldberg has mentioned on the  tv show The View this year that she owed Swayze her Oscar because when she wanted the role and several were against it. She said Swayze told the studio that he would not do the movie unless Goldberg was in the role. In 1991, he was named the Sexist Man Alive by People Magazine.

Swayze co-wrote and sang a hit song from the film, “She’s Like the Wind,” which reached No. 3 on the pop charts.

Swayze was born in Houston, where he performed at his mother’s ballet school. His mother, Patsy Swayze, choreographed dance sequences in the John Travolta film “Urban Cowboy” in (1980) and was a teacher to Debbie Allen and her sister Phylicia Rashad. Swayze was an all around entertainer as a actor, singer and dancer. Swayze is a former ballet and Broadway dancer, training at the Harkness Ballet and Joffrey Ballet Schools.

Swayze recent role was as the lead in an A&E TV series called The Beast. The show debuted in January of this year and was canceled in June due to Swayze’s health.

Survivors include his wife, Lisa Niemi for 34 years who is also a dancer, two brothers, including actor Don Swayze; and a sister, Bambi Swayze. For more info on Swayze’s life and career at Examiner.com, visit: Swayze.

Here is the video to one of the best songs of the 80s. Patrick Swayze’s “She’s Like The Wind”:

The View Season Opening Sneak Peek

the-view-logoThe View returns on Tuesday, September 8 with an all new look for the opening. Director, Mark Gentile, gives a look. The co-hosts, who recently won a Daytime Emmy for Outstanding Talk Show Hosts, will accept their award on the air, having chosen to opt out of attending the awards show in which they have been nominated for numerous times and never won. The show is hosted by Whoopi Goldberg, Joy Behar, Sherri Shepherd, Barbara Walters and Elizabeth Hasselbeck.

Here is a sneak peek at the new opening: View Opening

The View airs weekdays on ABC. Online episodes of the show are available at ABC.com

Ann Coulter On The View

What was the true purpose of Ann Coulter’s most recent appearance on The View? In addition to selling books, was it to boost ratings? She is clearly not a fan of theirs and vice versa, so wh even have her on? Both sides had an agenda and the only ones who “lost” her were the viewers who had to sit through the interview.

People’s Choice Awards Nominations Announced

Heroes dominate People’s Choice Awards movie nominations;

LOS ANGELES – How heroic. “Iron Man” will battle “The Dark Knight” and “Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull” for favorite movie at the 35th annual People’s Choice Awards.

“CSI: Crime Scene Investigation,” “Grey’s Anatomy” and “House” are nominated for favorite TV drama and “Two and a Half Men,” “Ugly Betty” and “Samantha Who?” are nominated for favorite TV comedy.

Queen Latifah will host the viewer-voted awards show, to air live Jan. 7 from the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles. Awards will be presented in over 40 categories, including favorite new TV drama, talk-show host, rock song, on-screen matchup and leading lady.

New categories include favorite superhero, TV drama diva and movie cast.

Nominees also include Christian Bale, Brad Pitt and Mark Wahlberg for favorite leading man; Anne Hathaway, Kate Hudson and Queen Latifah for favorite leading lady; Steve Carell, Jim Carrey and Adam Sandler for favorite funny male star; and Ellen DeGeneres, Tina Fey and Whoopi Goldberg for favorite funny female star.

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On the Net:

http://www.pcaVOTE.com

source: Yahoo News;Associated Press